A first look at today's most important education news:

Fordham's latest

"Bill Bennett on the state of American education," by Michelle Gininger, Flypaper

"Diane Ravitch—Tea Party Darling," by Terry Ryan, Ohio Gadfly Daily

Yesterday, the parent-trigger bill failed in the Florida Senate for the second year in a row. (Education Week)

The Walton Family Foundation has furnished StudentsFirst with $8 million. (Los Angeles Times and Charters & Choice)

The nonprofit NewSchools venture fund, which directs donations to charters and other education groups, has teamed up with a for-profit venture fund. (New York Times)

The final Next Generation Science Standards are attracting criticism. (Curriculum Matters)

The MOOC provider Coursera will offer teacher-education courses for K–12 instructors. (All Things D)

Technology tools and applications to teach students “grittiness” are emerging. (Digital)

Online testing problems have frozen Indiana’s statewide standardized testing for a second straight day. (Digital Education)

A new survey finds that the Department of Education is the fifteenth-most innovative mid-size agency, out of twenty; NASA topped the list. (Politics K–12)

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